STATS: Most runs in an over in Test cricket
History was created by Jasprit Bumrah on Day 2 of the ongoing fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham when the stand-in India captain took England pacer Stuart Broad to the cleaners, smashing 35 runs in the over.
Bumrah displayed his super ability with the bat by collecting 35 from Broad’s final over as India posted 416 in their first innings. Bumrah hit Broad for two massive sixes (one came from a no-ball), four boundaries, a single and was helped with five wides in the record-breaking over.
Here is how the over went:
83.1: Broad to Bumrah, FOUR. Bumrah took on the short ball and top-edges it. Fielder Zak Crawley ran to his left and dived, but the ball escaped through his hands for a boundary.
83.2: Broad to Bumrah, 5 wides. The bowler went for a bumper, but it was too short as the ball flew over the keeper for a four.
83.2: Broad to Bumrah, no ball, SIX. Broad again went for a shot delivery, and Bumrah took it on. The top edge flew right over the keeper for a maximum.
83.2: Broad to Bumrah, FOUR. The bowler attempted the yorker but ended up delivering a full toss, and Bumrah swung it over mid-on for a boundary.
83.3: Broad to Bumrah, FOUR. Broad went for a good length ball, and Bumrah slogged across the line but the inside edge escaped past the stumps and raced to the fine leg fence.
83.4: Broad to Bumrah, FOUR. Broad went round the wicket, but nothing changed. Another short delivery, and Bumrah pulled it over square leg. The batter fell on the pitch but still sent the ball in the gap for a four.
83.5: Broad to Bumrah, SIX. Another short delivery by Broad and Bumrah slapped it to long leg for a flat six.
83.6: Broad to Bumrah, 1 run, 35 runs off the over – highest ever in Test cricket. Broad finally nailed the yorker, and Bumrah dug it out and ran for a risky single with Mohammed Siraj at the other end. Broad ran forward, collected the ball and hit the stumps, but Siraj made his ground thanks to his full-length dive.
This also meant that the expensive over surpassed the previous record held by West Indies legend Brian Lara, Australia’s George Bailey and South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj. Notably, Lara smashed 28 runs off Robin Peterson‘s over back in 2003, while Bailey smacked James Anderson in 2013. Similarly, Maharaj slammed Joe Root in 2020 to share the record.
Most runs off an over in Test cricket:
35 – Jasprit Bumrah off Stuart Broad, Birmingham 2022*
28 – Brian Lara off Robin Peterson, Johannesburg 2003
28 – George Bailey off James Anderson, Perth 2013
28 – Keshav Maharaj off Joe Root, Port Elizabeth 2020
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